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Dec 31, 2012 04:24 PM

Things you wish were commercially available?

Roasted bone marrow.

In a tube perhaps (like those tomato paste tubes), or even in a pedestrian glass jar.

Of course like everything else it won't be as good as homemade but it sure would be convenient when I've got some day-old baguettes just itching to be used up.

It'll never happen, but one can dream especially on NYE.

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    1. re: ttoommyy


      Next time I'm in London I'll know what to pick up. Too bad they don't ship to the US.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        You're welcome. Maybe a search of the Internet will come up with a source that does ship to the US. It's worth a try.

        1. re: ttoommyy

          It's funny, but every time I Google something like "prepared roasted bone marrow" or "bone marrow for sale" I get ... (wait for it) ... dog treats!

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Yup, dog treats and donation information. Noooo, I just want to eat the stuff!

      2. Demi Glaze. Yes it is available by mail order etc...but would be nice if it was available in grocery stores...along with quality stocks.

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        1. re: golfer1

          Surfas in Culver City has several kinds of demi-glace … but then you have to be close enough to Culver City to make the trip. I got a jar each of beef and chicken a few years ago, and it was something like $20+ per jar. However, I only recently used the last of it!

          If you're anywhere near a Williams-Sonoma or Sur le Table store, they'll probably have some.

          1. re: golfer1

            I just saw demi glace at Fresh Market, but didn't pay attention to the packaging or the price.

            1. re: golfer1

              Wegman's hast it, but don't know if there's one near you.

              1. re: golfer1

                Here's a link to More Than Gourmet. They have a few demi glace varieties. I can find this at a kitchen shop about 25 miles away from me, so I try to combine business travel with a stop at the shop. It's not worth the trip just to buy a couple of little packs. Yes, it would be nice to have it available in grocery stores.


                1. re: nemo

                  I have used more than gourmet demi glace and have found it widely available at nicer grocery stores in California.

                  However, the poster who asked about this is in Edmonton, Alberta (according to their profile), so I don't know the availability of US brands there.

                  Check with the best grocery with a full service butcher counter (or dedicated butcher shop) and ask what they know of. They may also have frozen stocks available too.

                2. re: golfer1

                  D'Artagnan demi glace is readily available in supermarkets in my area.

                3. Mullet smoked with mangrove wood. Hard to find even in restaurants.

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                  1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                    Speaking of mullets, are you a fan of Bottarga (aka Karasumi)

                    1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                      Hard to find good smoked mullet that's not dried out.

                    2. My wish is simple, and very non-gourmet. I'd like to buy Arby's sauce. Not actually schlep to Arby's ask for a handful of packs only to get 2. I want a whole damned bottlle! And it'd be nice if major grocery stores carried it.

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                      1. re: alliegator

                        Google "arby's horsey sauce", and stand back!

                        1. re: Will Owen

                          Thanks. I have tried that route, but it's the red arby's sauce, not the horsey sauce that I'm after. Sadly, the copycat recipes I've come across just don't measure up :/

                      2. I don't know why more (nice) seafood markets don't make there own stock with all of the bones, heads, tails, etc. they throw out every day. Stock isn't hard or expensive to make, freezes well - I just don't buy enough fish to ever build up a supply of extra parts and make it myself. What am I missing here?

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                        1. re: lamb_da_calculus

                          Maybe the can sell off those parts at a good price to a company that uses them commercially? Just guessing.

                          1. re: lamb_da_calculus

                            For the record, fish parts freeze well if you keep them from freezer burn. Back before we had the FoodSaver vacuum baggers, folks I knew in Alaska would freeze small fish or carcasses in cleaned-out milk cartons topped up with water. The resulting block of ice would keep the surfaces from drying out and getting nasty-tasting. Parts such as crustacean shells and fish frames generally freeze okay without such precautions, but they can't hurt.